Explore this exclusive sun-soaked Portuguese resort town on your own terms when you hire a car in Vilamoura. Visit the golden beaches, sublime golf courses and archaeological museums like the Cerro da Vila for an unforgettable trip. A hire car also gives you the freedom to discover the rest of the Algarve region. Drive along the coast and come across traditional fishing villages or head inland for stunning hiking trails in the hills. The picturesque city of Faro is reachable in under 30min, or you can be in the middle of the Lagos old town in around 55min.
The nearest airport to Vilamoura is Faro, which sits roughly 16 miles away. There, you’ll find a wide selection of top hire firms ready to get you behind the wheel of your Vilamoura car hire in no time. The likes of Europcar, Hertz, Sixt and more are located in the main terminal building. When you exit the airport, take the IC4 and the N125 towards Vilamoura. In normal traffic, the journey should take no longer than 30min.
Especially in the height of the summer season, Vilamoura can be crowded. Drive carefully in and around the harbour and watch out for pedestrians crossing the road without warning. Roads are modern and well-maintained, although you still may find adding a sat-nav to your car hire in Vilamoura useful if you’re not familiar with the area. Remember to drive on the right side of the road. If you’re unfamiliar with this, pay extra attention at roundabouts to avoid going the wrong way.
As a touristic resort town, Vilamoura doesn’t generally experience regular rush hour traffic, although roads can be busy with tourists and residents at any time of day. The quieter periods tend to be in the mornings and late afternoon. Outer roads like the IC4 and N125 are liable to large amounts of traffic coming to and from the nearby airport but, generally, driving around the Algarve is pleasant and relaxing. It’ll come as no surprise that temperatures can be extremely hot, so try to carry water in your Vilamoura car hire at all times.
Book your rental car in Vilamoura at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
Compact rental cars in Vilamoura are around 74% cheaper than other car types, on average
FAQs about hiring a car in Vilamoura
A compact economy vehicle is ideal for trips to and from the beach and exploring the local area. If you plan on venturing off the beaten track, a 4x4 may be better suited to the hilly tracks and rough terrain. Of course, you can opt for a convertible and fit right in with the stylish Vilamoura crowd.
In built-up areas of town, the speed limit tends to be 50km/h (30mph), although it may be lower in some areas and/or during roadworks, so keep an eye out for signs. In less developed areas, a 90km/h (55mph) limit normally applies and on motorways, it’s the national limit of 120km/h (75mph).
Finding a spot to park your car can be expensive and somewhat of a challenge in Vilamoura, particularly if you want to get close to the beach. The parking lot at Falésia beach is ideal if you can get there early. It’s shaded and costs around €11.60 (£10.00) for the day. In the centre of town, on-street parking is difficult, so you’re usually better off parking around the Marina and taking the 15-20min walk in.
The average price of fuel in Vilamoura is $10.42 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between $125 and $167, depending on the car size.
Compact (Renault Mégane or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Vilamoura.